COVID-19: UNTH introduces telemedicine response services
To address health needs of its patients and the general public while combating other challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla has partnered the Health –in-a-box initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health to introduce Telemedicine hospital response services.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Obinna Onudugo, told reporters yesterday, that the technology-driven support system enables regular patients to dial-in to access critical health information and consultations with medical practitioners.
“This architecture and service allows medical doctors to be available for remote service to patients, with the provision of hospital services spanning from consultation, drug prescription, laboratory, radiology, appointment scheduling; the teleconsultation is provided to the patients at no cost in the course of the pandemic.
“This will be managed and administered by qualified healthcare practitioners across various medical fields to provide online real-time responses to medical issues from a service desk located at the hospital,” he said.
Explaining that the support system would directly address some medical challenges, he said it would ensure that patients receive adequate medical attention while still observing social distancing practices against the spread of Covid-19.
“It is also important to note that this technology-driven approach is one of the most adopted public health management strategies around the world today in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; thereby members of the public, regardless of their locations within Nigeria are advised to maximize the use of this service by dialing 018885014 from their phone to access professional health information on the management of symptoms, interpretation of clinical results, guide on drug usage and prescriptions, maternity care, routine health checks amongst others,” he noted.